Have you been arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired in Akron, Ohio? Driving under the influence is a serious offense in Ohio and your driver's license could be at risk of suspension. Under Ohio State traffic law, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence does not necessarily have to mean that you were driving and it could be in reference to more than just an ordinary motor vehicle. If you are stopped by a police officer and they have reason to believe that you are under the influence, they will conduct several standard field sobriety tests or ask you to submit to a chemical test in order to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Remember that if you are found driving with a BAC level of .08 or higher, then you can be charged with OVI/DUI.
If you refuse to submit to a blood, breath or urine test when the law enforcement officials ask you, your penalties could be significantly increased. This is because Ohio has an Implied Consent Law in the Revised Code Section 4511.191, which states that you must consent to a chemical test upon arrest if law enforcement has reason to believe you are intoxicated. The penalties for refusing a chemical test are as follows:
- 3 three days - 6 months in jail
- A fine anywhere from $375-$1,075
- Required Drivers' intervention program which lasts for 3 days
- Driver's license suspension for 6 months up to three years
- You must install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle
As we approach the Holiday Fourth of July weekend, law enforcement officials will be keeping a sharp eye out for drunk drivers out on the road. If you have been arrested for DUI/OVI in Akron, OH, then you must retain an aggressive Akron OVI attorney to protect your rights in court. Our criminal defense attorneys here at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder have extensive experience defending against drunk driving charges and we have a history of case victories with past clients. Our legal team is highly adept with all the traffic laws here in Ohio and we can go over all of your legal options with you in determining the best course of action.
The DUI lawyers at our firm know how to contest the results of chemical tests and we can investigate your case to ensure that none of your constitutional rights were violated during the arrest. We have helped countless of drivers who have fallen into this same position and we can help you get through this difficult time. If you have been arrested over the fourth of July weekend and charged with OVI, then contact an Akron OVI lawyer from our firm without delay! Call us today for a free consultation at (888) 498-7153. We are available to answer your call 24 hours, 7 days a week.